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Washington (CNN) -- President Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il that a U.S. envoy delivered, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special envoy for North Korea, delivered the letter for the North Korean leader during a three-day visit to North Korea last week, the official said.
The official declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Bosworth noted last week that, during his visit, he "communicated President Obama's view that complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a fundamental undertaking
Clinton previously said the United States was willing to meet bilaterally with North Korea but only within the framework of the six-party talks. She also has warned the United States will not normalize ties with Pyongyang or lift sanctions unless North Korea takes irreversible steps toward dismantling its nuclear program.
Some analysts said North Korea might be trying to buy time with its new outreach to the United States. Recent reports in Seoul, South Korea, have claimed North Korea is in the final stages of restoring its Yongbyon nuclear plant, which Pyongyang had begun to disable before walking away from the six-party talks.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
Here is my guess as to what Obama might have said, IF he did write that letter:
"To your holiness Kim Jong Il,
I am writing, first, to apologize for the way the US has treated North Korea in the past. I am truly sorry that past administrations have not given you the respect that you deserve, as a peaceful nation, whose only intention is love for everyone. I want to assure you that I stand ready to accept whatever you wish to do. Even if you attack us, I will understand that it is because we must have said something to upset you. Our nation is arrogant and a bully. I promise not to be arrogant. In fact, to show you my sincerity, even if you enter South Korea with your troops, I know it will only be to set up free trade between the 2 Koreas.
At the first opportunity that is convenient for you, I would like to come to North Korea, and personally bow to you, kiss your ring, and bring you greetings from my Democratic allies in Congress.
Your friend and admirer,
Barrack Obama, but you can call me Barry.